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Expansion Underway at Paulding Hospital

Almost from the moment hospital officials were handed the keys to the new Paulding Hospital, hospital officials knew this facility was going to be a success, and they were right. Soon after Paulding opened, patient rooms filled to capacity and it was obvious that the hospital would have to expand. The following article explains this expansion, which is being designed by CDH Partners.


“WellStar Paulding Hospital began construction recently to complete two previously unfinished floors and double the number of patient beds available in the two-year-old facility.

The work to finish the two floors will lead to 180 new jobs by mid-October, said Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin, a member of the hospital’s regional board and the Paulding County Hospital Authority.

The nearly 50,000-square-foot buildout of the sixth and seventh floors will increase the facility’s beds from 56 to 112, said Mark Haney, president of WellStar Paulding Hospital.

“‘This expansion will allow us to better serve the community,’ Haney said in a news release. ‘Paulding County continues to grow and there is an immediate need for more space.'”

Read more: Neighbor Newspapers – Work under way to complete top two floors of WellStar Paulding

WellStar Cancer Support Center Opens


CDH Partners recently completed an extensive renovation of the WellStar Kennestone Cancer Support Center.

The original Cancer Center was completed in 1985. It was a three-story facility that included two linear accelerators, exam rooms, and physician offices. The building also housed infusion center for cancer treatment. The upper floor was leased space. As patient care changed, the facility went through numerous renovations and expansions. Center additions included a third Linac and a Cyberknife for radio-surgery.

In 2011, the need for a complete renovation became a high priority. With a patient centric focus and need for oncology education and newer services for patient care beyond the actual treatment, it became evident that the building needed a complete renovation.

The architectural renovation plan called for gutting the facility except the public restrooms, which were given a complete face-lift. The existing monumental staircase was replaced with a more open lobby that is a main building feature. A south facing sky window plays a prominent role in the design.


The new design includes a large resource library that is used by patients and families.


The first floor contains the Calm Water Café and an instruction demonstration kitchen that will be used to teach patients and their families how simple healthy cooking can be. There are also patient waiting areas that have kids corners.


Smaller conference rooms are available in the genetic research area. A large break room and administrative office space rounds out the second floor.


The second floor contains a retail shop for headwear and scarves along with hair loss beauty shop. An acupuncture treatment room and a prosthetics care room are also located on the second floor along with a large classroom for instructional seminars and meetings.


A chapel and research office space complete the first floor.

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Private sitting areas are designed for families, who need to have comfortable spaces to sit and have conversations.


WellStar Kennestone Pediatric Unit Opens


After a year of planning and several months of renovations by CDH Partners, the pediatric unit at WellStar Kennestone opened on July 9. Designers created a state-of-the-art, 12-bed 4,700 sq.ft. pediatric friendly space that offers world class pediatric services. Special consideration was given to families and caregivers. Featured in the photo above is the family lounge where parents are able to take time out to rest and regroup. The lounge offers drinks, coffee, comfortable seating, computer areas for checking emails and a playroom.


Artwork done by local students is displayed in the family lounge. “Children are our future. Now they can get the care they need close to home without added stress or inconvenience,” said Candice Saunders, WellStar president & CEO. The project was the vision of WellStar Pediatric Strategic Planning Team in response to a strategic evaluation that included pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, adult physician partners, administrative leaders and the local and broader community.


The unit is staffed exclusively by pediatric-trained caregivers, from a team of pediatric hospitalists, who remain on duty 24/7. The brightly colored interior design is safe, warm, and welcoming.


There’s a central monitoring system in each exam room, enhanced security, ultraviolet filters for infection control, no sharp-edged countertops, and all pediatric-specific equipment. “These features, combined with a trusted provider like WellStar and caregivers who are specially trained in pediatric care, work together to give parents peace of mind at a stressful time,” said Varma Rameswar, assistant vice president, Pediatric Operations, who helped lead the renovation of the space located in the Purple Tower, 5th Floor space. “The (CDH) design team worked closely with the pediatric providers, nursing team and ‘TEAM PEDS’ to make the space as child-friendly as possible,” said Rameswar.


Each year, WellStar Pediatric Services treats more than 350,000 children in our hospital emergency departments (EDs), pediatric offices, Pediatric Center, neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), specialty offices, and for minor surgery, such as ear, nose and throat and orthopedic procedures.  Dr. Avril Beckford, M.D., chief pediatric officer, WellStar Health System and a member of the WellStar Board of Trustees noted that the project was “truly team effort. We took great effort to ensure that we were getting the ‘best of the best’ in pediatric care to serve on this unit.”

(Editor’s note: Some of the information used in this article was taken from a recent press release distributed by WellStare Health Services.




U.S. News features the safety of Paulding Hospital

Editor’s note: In a recent short article on hospital safety, editors at U. S. News & World Report highlighted Paulding Hospital (a CDH design project) and the technology that is being used to keep patients safe.


The “Hospitals Make Progress on the Path to Safety” article noted WellStar Paulding Hospital has all private rooms and patient-facing handwashing stations to help prevent the spread of infection. The stations feature soap dispensers with wireless antennas that help ensure team members always wash hands upon entering a patient’s room. ​

The news feature also discussed the positioning of patient beds just one step away from the restrooms with lighted handrails that help eliminate middle-of-the-night falls when patients are hesitant to ask for assistance getting out of bed. Furthermore, the rooms comfortably accommodate family members. Click here to continue reading.

WellStar Paulding Hospital featured by Heathcare Design

The WellStar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH design project will be featured at the upcoming HCD September Design Showcase. The project will also be highlighted in the Healthcare Design Showcase Magazine and online. Click here to view this amazing project.

WellStar Paulding Hospital set to open

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for the Wellstar Paulding Hospital. It is a CDH Partners project, which opens on April 1, 2014. The 56-bed hospital is designed for future expansion that will grow to be a 112-bed facility.


Paulding is an eight-story, 250,000 square foot, Energy Star facility that offers core medical amenities that include emergency services for adults and children, an accredited chest pain center, and private patient rooms, telemetry and medical/surgical, surgery, GI and bronch services, along with ear, nose, and throat care.


Cancer therapies will be done on site. The hospital will also offer in patient and out patient imaging. Plus, it will have a state-of-the-art women’s imaging center.


CDH Partners began work on the green field site in Hiram, Georgia with a single medical office building completed in 2007.



The site was master planned for a future hospital and additional medical office building. CDH Partners continues to serve WellStar as the design firm for replacement hospital and the second medical office building. This facility is the second phase for the 33-acre development.

Paulding Hospital Receives Customers’ Choice Award

Winners of the 2013 SDS/2 Solid Steel Competition were announced during the Design Data Game Show Extravaganza at the SDS/2 Users Group Conference. Awards were given in three categories: Commercial, Industrial and Customers’ Choice.

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The WellStar Paulding Replacement Hospital, a CDH project, located in Hiram, Georgia, receive the Customers’ Choice Award. Click here to view the project on the SDS/2 website or here to view the details of the Paulding hospital project on the CDH website.

CDH Works on Third Health Park

Recently, the Marietta Daily Journal ran an article featuring the three CDH designed WellStar health parks located in Acworth, East Cobb (currently under construction), and Vinings, which is soon-to-be-built. A fourth heath park is planned for the Cherokee County area.


The WellStar Acworth Health Park was one of the first health parks built in Georgia. It was developed to meet the needs of the surrounding community by offering a higher level of patient care in a safe setting. The first two floors of the health park contain physician’s offices, which are leased mostly by doctors within the Medical Group.

This facility quickly became a model for a system-wide approach for community wellness and care. These comprehensive medical facilities offer a full complement of services that includes diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multi-special rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/Pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center. These facilities are often expandable to include fitness centers, community/education classrooms, childcare, retail shops, and a pharmacy.


Co-mingling of healthcare services and physicians’ offices brings a new level of convenience to residents. Screenings and wellness services are done on site, which means a patient does not have to be sick to access the facility. Designers also create gather spaces where patients and their families can meet, talk, and even rest. These spaces include comfortable seating, water features, and other services that are focused on patient needs and care. (At the right is the East Cobb Health Park, which is currently under construction and is located on Johnston Ferry Road.)

To read more about these CDH designed health parks, please click here.

CDH Architect Taejun Park Guest Lecturer at SCAD

Recently CDH designer Taejun Park was a guest lecturer at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. His Pecha Kucha style presentation focused mainly on the design process and development of a free-hanging sculpture that was the inspiration for the lighting fixture that will be placed in the atrium of the new WellStar Paulding Hospital located in Hiram, Georgia. He also addressed such issues as consistency, blend in/harmony, design action, reaction and interaction with the environment, and establishing shape in space.

When talking about the lighting design along with a wave wall that was designed for the atrium, Park said for him, “design adds a unique impression and space experience, which has the ability to create personal memories.” This theme was one of the goals his team used in developing the lighting sculpture, which will be located in the Paulding Hospital.

Taejun Park is a creative and aesthetically driven project designer and manager. His passion for the architectural process is evident in the extensive work he has done for CDH Partners. He has a broad knowledge base of advance media, building materials and equipment, construction technology, and mathematical skills. This knowledge along with his applied experience has equipped him to design and to create exceptional architectural spaces—spaces that not only reflect the owner’s needs, desires, and dreams but also work well with the environment when it comes to energy and structural integrity.

WellStar East Cobb Health Park Topping Out Party

Recently, general contractors Brasfield Gorrie hosted a “Topping Out” party for the WellStar East Cobb Health Park. CDH Partners is the architectural firm for the project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. Much like the Acworth Health Park, the East Cobb three-story 205,000 sf health park will offer a full complement of services including cardio pulmonary rehab, orthosport rehab, urgent care, imaging, women’s imaging, physician practices such as family, cardio vascular, pulmonary, a sleep lab, ENT, allergy, OB/GYN, general surgery, GI, vascular, endocrinology, urology, spine clinic, and orthopedics. The facility will have a three-story parking and contain a 20,000 sf ambulatory surgery center along with an atrium, a café, a retail pharmacy, and space for community education.



Front entrance with CDH signage.



Tate McKee, senior vice president and division manager for Brasfield and Gorrie, with Bill Chigwidden, who is founding principal and president of CDH Partners.



CDH team members at the Topping Off party: Carine Kroko, Scott Arnold, and John Harcharic.



The front of the Health Park takes shape with a familiar WellStar look.



The three story atrium reaches its final height.



Construction workers and WellStar leadership and CDH teams gather to celebrate.



Looking out to the area that will be the front of the Health Park.

Brasfield & Gorrie Celebrates Topping Out on WellStar Paulding Hospital



Editor’s note: The official Topping Out Party for WellStar Paulding Hospital took place March 21, 2013. However, the contractor Brasfield & Gorrie recently released the following information, and we wanted to link up to that company’s news article.

ATLANTA, Ga. — Brasfield & Gorrie recently celebrated the topping out of the structure’s top floor of WellStar Paulding Hospital located outside Atlanta, Ga.

When completed, the hospital will total seven stories and 295,000 square feet. Also being constructed as part of this project are a 120,000-square-foot precast parking deck and a four-story, 82,220-square-foot medical office building. The hospital will house emergency exam rooms, pediatric emergency exam rooms, surgery suites, decentralized nursing stations, patient rooms, administrative offices and a café. Click here to continue reading.

WellStar Paulding Hospital: Taking Shape Quickly!

Here is a pictorial update of the WellStar Paulding Hospital.  The main entry to the hospital provides clear wayfinding and simple entry sequence.


The Paulding Outpatient Pavilion will connect to the Hospital through a central Atrium.


The chapel overlooks a healing meditation garden.


The main lobby stairway provides active design and encourages mobility and wellness for staff and visitors.


The concourse connects the main lobby to the dining and emergency department.


The dining area is flooded with natural light.


The “wave wall” provides acoustic balance and positive distraction.


The emergency department uses clerestory to bring natural light to the interior support spaces.


The outpatient lobby connects the Atrium to the Paulding outpatient Pavilion and the Paulding Physicians Center.


The central atrium extends more than 60 feet and connects 5 stories of the Hospital


Each patient room has a large window overlooking the surrounding landscape.


The central energy plants provides power to the eight story, state-of-the-art facility.


The Clubhouse will provide workspace to the hospital’s administration and managers.


Choosing colors that will work with the environment.

CDH – Among Top 25 Healthcare Architectural Firms


In a recent survey published in Healthcare Design Magazine, CDH Partners, Inc., came in at 25 in the 2013 HCD Corporate Rankings for the country. Click on the following link to see a list of all companies that participated in the survey, ranked separately by architecture/engineering and construction, and according to the reported number of healthcare projects completed in 2012, total 2012 healthcare billings, number of RFPs received in 2012, and the number of healthcare contracts signed in 2012. 2012HCD Corporate Rankings

To read a full analysis of the results, including signals of business to come and feedback from participants on the biggest threats and opportunities facing the industry, please click here to continue reading.

Aging America: Coming of Age

Filming at the Paulding mock up rooms for PBS documentary

Mary Lindeman, a project manager for CDH Partners, Inc., was recently interviewed for a PBS special that will air in 2014. The documentary is titled “Coming of Age in Aging America” and features segments depicting different phases of our aging society. Lindeman, project manager for the WellStar Paulding Hospital opening in April 2014, talked about the facility from an architectural perspective and how it will address the various needs of the community and staff inclusive of those who are aging.

“People are living and working longer than ever before,” she notes. “During our integrated design sessions with the WellStar Paulding team we were motivated to think differently about each aspect of the facility tailoring the design around the healthcare that will be provided while maximizing flexibility and usability for not only aging patients but aging staff as well. The WellStar and the CDH team wanted to create a healing environment that fits well into the community and that is safe and accommodating for patients, family, and staff.”

A primary focus of the PBS special is on communities and how they are addressing the needs of our expanding and aging society. “There is a growing realization”, said Lindeman, “whether out of choice or necessity we are staying active and continuing to work longer during our lifetimes. An important component in improving the quality of our longevity is to have the places where we live and work provide appropriate environments that proactively help us to stay safe, to stay strong, and to thrive as we age.”

Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, joined CDH Partners in 2004, with 10 years of previous architectural experience. She works with some of our largest healthcare clients.

For more information on this upcoming series, please go to

Road to Flexibility: Strategic Interventions



Joshua Crews, CDH Partners, takes part in this three-part series, which explores the topic of flexibility in architecture. It was originally published in Heathcare Design Magazine The first article examined the main reason for flexibility: change. The second article explored the three types of flexibility (convertibility, adaptability, and transformability) and how they can be beneficial to the healthcare field. This third and final article studies incorporating flexibility into the design process, along with specific architectural flexibility strategies.

Hospital facilities are always changing. Without leadership, a clear vision, and guiding principles that specifically target flexibility, healthcare facilities can become oversized and develop inefficient circulation and complex wayfinding. A holistic, facility-wide approach to flexibility will create a cohesive campus, and reduce costs and downtime during future construction projects, as well as lengthen building lifespans.

Although the specific ways in which a facility will evolve can’t be predicted, there are some basic assumptions that can help a design team prepare a hospital for future growth and expansion.

In this article, architectural strategies for flexibility are presented at two scales: micro and macro. At a micro level, the strategies operate within circulation approaches, zoning, and programming. At a macro level, the strategies affect site placement, building shape and orientation, and vertical and horizontal expansion considerations. Continue Reading

Topping Off Party at Paulding Hospital


Mark Haney president of WellStar Paulding Hospital is joined by CDH project manager Mary Lindeman and Contract Administrator Gregg Kidd at the new Paulding Hospital site.

Wellstar Paulding Hospital, which is a CDH project, is scheduled to open April 2014 with 56 beds. Future expansion will see the hospital grow to a 112 bed facility. When all the phases are completed, it will be an eight-story, 250,000 square foot, Energy Star facility that offers core medical amenities that include emergency services for adults and children, an accredited chest pain center, and private patient rooms, telemetry and medical/surgical, low acuity and high acuity surgery, GI and bronch services, along with ear, nose, and throat care. Cancer therapies will be done on site. The hospital will also offer in patient and out patient imaging. Plus, it will have a state-of-the-art women’s imaging center.


Recently, Brasfield Gorrie general contractors hosted a WellStar Paulding Hospital “topping off” party in celebration of the building reaching its final height. The facility is on tap to become one of the first Pebble Projects in Georgia. Specific focus is being placed on meeting the personal needs of patients as well as the needs of their families and caregivers while maximizing operational efficiency and environmental performance.

“Becoming a Pebble Project has motivated us to think differently about every area of the hospital and medical facility,” said Mark Haney president of WellStar Paulding Hospital. “We didn’t want to build a traditional hospital. We wanted to build a facility that could be integrated into this community in such a way that it becomes much more than just a place to receive medical care. We wanted every aspect of it to be healing and promote wellness. Pebble-based projects are evidence based design concepts. Therefore this hospital will be centered around patient care, quality safety, and efficiency.”


“Once we are full at the first two levels,” said Haney, “we will open another floor and another 28 beds along with growing our staff at the same time. I believe this approach is the best way to remain good stewards of our resources.” The hospital will eventually employ over 300 people and is being seen as a boost to the local economy. It also will contain 30 adult and 10 pediatric emergency exam rooms, and four surgery suites with the flexibility to expand to eight. There are also plans for it to become an educational and meeting center for the Paulding community.

Haney emphasized that the CDH Partners design team helped Paulding’s administrative team take their vision to a higher level, which included holistic design, open work areas, and teaming stations where a greater degree of collaboration can take place. “When we sat down with the integrated design team from CDH Partners, we had certain goals in mind, and they helped us solidify these goals and then to develop a plan where they would become a reality. Meeting the growing needs of our patients, their families, and community was a top priority, but there was another objective that we wanted to reach and that was the care and support of our doctors and our staff. “

The new Wellstar Paulding facility is following a national trend that offers medical services in a community environment—where patients live. It is a very attractive option to the alternative that at times puts healthcare miles away from patients, family members and care givers.


Paulding Hospital will be one of the most advanced hospitals in the state of Georgia.


As a commitment to sustainable solutions, WellStar is investing in the geo-thermal heating system for the new Paulding hospital.


Mark Haney takes time to talk with a few of the CDH staff and compliment the team on the project.

High-tech Health Care

By Laura Raines

According to Merriam-Webster, informatics is “the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of recorded knowledge.” With a mandate for health care providers to switch to electronic medical records and achieve “meaningful use” by 2014 looming, informatics is a hot career field for nurses.

The American Medical Informatics Association estimates that employers need about 70,000 health informatics specialists to install and maintain new systems and train staff to use them.

While the increased demand for specialists is relatively new, the field is not. Nurses have been helping hospitals adopt technology  to work smarter since before the specialty even had a name.

Nancy Stockslager, who became a nurse in 1983, worked in neonatal intensive care units until she was presented with a unique job opportunity in 1995. A health care corporation was buying  products to create a clinical technology records system. When she was asked to help build the system, she accepted the challenge and never looked back.

Today, as director of clinical informatics at Gwinnett Medical Center, Stockslager, RN, MSN, is responsible for implementation, process analysis, training and maintaining all the health care network’s clinical technology systems. Gwinnett Medical already has adopted electronic medical records and is working toward computerized provider order entry,  in which physicians enter their own orders.

“Informatics has been a very exciting journey and I love it, but it’s a constant challenge. There is never a dull moment,” she said.

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